Broader Policy Commitments

In 2004, the New Zealand government pledged its commitment to “equality of opportunity” and a “fair go” for all children as part of its broader social investment strategy.  More recently, the government has articulated its “Every Child Thrives, Belongs, Achieves” vision in a Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, from which a White Paper and 10 year Children’s Action Plan will be developed.  Both strategies have recognised the importance of investing in children today to ensure better social and economic outcomes tomorrow.  The case for government-funded school lunch provision can therefore be situated within wider policy commitments to children’s wellbeing, including the improvement of care and protection services, access to early childhood education and the quality and reach of child health services.